Thursday, November 03, 2005

Clueless Snobs


The arrogance of empire never seems to go away, even long after the Empire has been dead, buried, and making a miserable job of trying to resurrect itself.

I was reading this BBC article about Ahmadinejhad firing some of Iran's main ambassadors, and when the article got to the part about now-former Ambassador Adeli, they thought it was relevant to note that he was the first Iranian ambassador to speak fluent English since the Islamic revolution of 1979.

"Hmmm", I wondered outloud (and by outloud I mean in a snotty note to the BBC, "How many British Ambassadors to Iran have been functional, not even fluent, in Persian?"